Denomination: 'Kersamfan'
Trade name: Suncatcher Salmon Vein
Botanical Name: Petunia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Kerley, David William
49 Station Road Bethany, Over
CB24 5NJ
United Kingdom
Tel: 44 1954 230 995

Kerley, Priscilla Grace
49 Station Road Bethany, Over
CB24 5NJ
United Kingdom
Breeder: David William Kerley, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Priscilla Grace Kerley, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2005-09-06
Application Number: 05-5044
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-09-25
Certificate Number: 2945
Date rights surrendered: 2012-09-13

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balsuncora' (Suncatcher Coral Prism)

Summary: 'Kersamfan' has a less upright growth habit and shorter plant height than 'Balsuncora'. 'Kersamfan' has a wider sepal width than 'Balsuncora'. 'Kersamfan' has moderately conspicuous red veins on the upper side of the corolla while 'Balsuncora' has weakly conspicuous yellow veins.


PLANT: creeping growth habit, short to medium height, narrow to medium width

SHOOTS: thin to medium thickness, short to medium length, absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration

LEAVES: short to medium length, medium width, elliptic, narrow to broadly acute apex, no variegation, medium green on upper side, blistering present, petiole short to medium length

SEPALS: medium to long, medium to wide, linear to oblanceolate, no anthocyanin colouration

FLOWERS: medium length pedicel, single corolla, large diameter, trumpet shape
COROLLA: strong lobing, purple red on upper and lower side, white secondary colour at the transition to the corolla tube, veins red and moderately conspicuous, margin with weak to moderate undulation
COROLLA TUBE: medium length, white and light yellow brown on inner side, veins moderately conspicuous
ANTHERS: yellowish white before pollen dehiscence, yellow after dehiscence.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Kersamfan' originated in a controlled breeding program on August 15, 2001, at Over, Cambridge, United Kingdom. The female parent was the proprietary petunia selection designated 01-120-1, characterized by its pale pink flower colour, dark green leaf colour and mounded growth habit. The male parent was the petunia variety 'Kercan', characterized by it s double flowers, rose-pink flower colour with darker veins, medium to pale green leaf colour and semi trailing growth habit. The initial selection was made on May 25, 2002 and asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings, in vivo and in vitro.

Tests & Trials: The tests and trials for 'Kersamfan' were conducted in a polyhouse at BioFlora in St. Thomas, Ontario in the spring of 2006. The trials included 15 plants of each variety. Rooted cuttings were transplanted into six inch pots on April 17, 2006. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Kersamfan' with reference variety 'Balsuncora'

Plant height (cm)

  'Kersamfan' 'Balsuncora'
mean 13.3 23.7
std. deviation 1.65 1.62

Sepal width (mm)

  'Kersamfan' 'Balsuncora'
mean 5.9 3.9
std. deviation 1.20 0.57

Colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Kersamfan' 'Balsuncora'
upper side 55B 52A-B, 55B towards base
lower side 58D 55C

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Petunia: 'Kersamfan' (left) with reference variety 'Balsuncora' (right)

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